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Boston College 20, Georgia 16
Posted: Saturday December 29, 2001 12:40 AM ET
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Boston College will not have to spend the offseason listening to talk about how it cannot beat ranked teams.

William Green, shut down for most of the second half, scored on a seven-yard run with 4:43 remaining as the Eagles ended a 21-game losing streak against ranked opponents with a 20-16 victory over No. 19 Georgia in the Music City Bowl.

It was Boston College's first win over a top-25 team since defeating Virginia Tech in 1995.

The nation's second-leading rusher, Green ran for just 26 of his 149 yards in the second half. However, he kept alive the Eagles' winning drive by converting on 4th-and-1 from the Georgia 34.

Brian St. Pierre hit Dedrick Dewalt for 23 yards to move Boston College (8-4) to the 10. Green, who carried 35 times, scored two plays later, ending what might have been his final college game on a high note. He has hinted he will forgo his senior year to enter the NFL draft.

Green was suspended for last season's Aloha Bowl win over Arizona State for violating team rules and also sat out a heartbreaking loss to top-ranked Miami earlier this season after missing practice without permission.

The Bulldogs (8-4) had a final chance, taking over at their 48 with 14 seconds left. But an incomplete pass and a sack ended Georgia's hopes. Freshman David Greene completed 22-of-38 passes for 288 yards with two interceptions for the Bulldogs.

The loss snapped Georgia's four-game bowl winning streak, which matched a school record.

The Eagles survived a poor game by St. Pierre, who completed just 9-of-26 passes for 109 yards.

Georgia committed four turnovers but erased a 13-10 halftime deficit on Verron Haynes' one-yard touchdown run with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter. Haynes rushed for 132 yards on 27 carries.

However, the Bulldogs were offside on the extra point, which turned out to be a critical mistake as Billy Bennett missed his first conversion of the season, leaving Georgia ahead by just three points.

After Green's TD, the Bulldogs marched into Boston College territory, but an offensive pass interference penalty on Terrence Edwards on 2nd-and-1 from the Eagles' 37 stalled the drive.

Facing a 4th-and-17 at his own 43 with less than two minutes remaining, Georgia coach Mark Richt elected to punt.

The Bulldogs needed just 55 seconds to open the scoring as Greene tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Fred Gibson after Decory Bryant's 81-yard return on the opening kickoff.

Georgia appeared ready to make it 14-0 on its next possession, but Haynes fumbled at the Boston College 19. The Eagles put together an 18-play drive, closing to 7-3 on Sandro Sciortino's 25-yard field goal with 1:43 left in the first quarter.

Taking advantage of three Georgia turnovers, the Eagles went ahead, 13-7, in the second quarter on St. Pierre's 10-yard TD toss to Dewalt and Sciortino's 26-yard field goal.

Bennett converted a 24-yard field goal with 39 seconds to left to pull the Bulldogs within 13-10 at halftime.

The Bulldogs keyed on Green in the second half, holding him to three yards in the third quarter. Boston College had a 3rd-and-1 at the Georgia 35 early in the final period, but Green twice was stopped for no gain.

But Musa Smith fumbled a handoff at the Boston College 33 on the Bulldogs' ensuing possession and the Eagles took advantage, moving 63 yards on nine plays for the go-ahead score.

 


 
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